metris montages shifting spaces in eisenstein's story-board summerhouse metris montages shifting spaces in eisenstein's story-board summerhouse
jun 10, 2014

metris montages shifting spaces in eisenstein's story-board summerhouse

metris montages shifting spaces in eisenstein’s story-board summerhouse
all images courtesy of metris




‘eisenstein’s story-board summerhouse’ by metris uses the video editing style of the montage pioneered by russian director sergei eisenstein to form a relationship with the surrounding context. by applying the technique towards the white-washed structure, the architects are able to convey the spaces as a collective series of images in juxtaposition with the nearby sloping cliff. in response, the form twists and turns, dancing along a main axis, guidings the user’s eye as it moves between planes, floors, and ceilings, like a camera shifting towards views of the basin’s flowing water and the waves of the calm sea.

metris montages shifting spaces eisenstein story board summerhouse
east view with the cliff ascending from left to right




the building is not meant to be perceived as a whole, but as a sequence of movements that constitute the basic principle of visual dramaturgy. every frame of this sequence provides an element that finds its answer in the next scene. eventually, the experience of the house produces a whole scenario choreographed by the user, similar to the way a filmmaker choreographs a movie. in contrast to the usual static or linear views of a building, the user is simultaneously a spectator and participant in the kaleidoscopic spectacle of his house.

upper view looking down towards the residence

eisenstein’s kitchen opening out towards the exterior

metris montages shifting spaces eisenstein story board summerhouse
detail from the south

metris montages shifting spaces eisenstein story board summerhouse
right: aerial view of the residence, left: the basin protruding out towards the ocean

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  • fascinating

    dbkii says:
  • deconstructivism meets reconstructivism. Now we just need a baby carriage rolling down the stairs 😉
    Beautiful building.. nicely done!

    Ken says:
  • stunner.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • No matter how well the copy writer tells the story it doesn’t make me want to have one, why not cut into the rock face and sink the house into the cliff face to achieve a more constant internal temperature, then you would be onto something !!!
    Just my view of course ; }

    Wayne Neylan - Linear Projects says:

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